Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The Garmin nuvi 2589LMT is a navigation GPS with a time-tested design and premium features.
This GPS has all of the navigational features you in need in a GPS. It comes preloaded with maps, so you can begin navigating the day you purchase the device. It includes maps of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. It also comes with lifetime map updates, so you’ll never be driving on an outdated route. If you need to get maps of another country, you can purchase those maps on the Garmin website and load them onto your device. Speed limit indicators help you obey local traffic laws, and the time estimator gives you an approximation of when you’ll arrive at your destination.
One of the best features of this GPS is lifetime traffic updates, which picks the fastest route after factoring in traffic congestion. A built-in traffic receiver, so you won’t have to pair it with your smartphone to receive traffic updates. This unit supports voice-activated navigation, which allows you to command the device verbally, allowing you to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes focused on the wheel. As is the case with the Rand McNally OverDryve, you can also pair the GPS with your smartphone via Bluetooth and use it as a hands-free speaker phone.
Garmin preloads the nuvi 2589LMT with an industry-leading 10 million points of interest. Its POIs include things like restaurants, gas stations, hotels and stores. You can search for them by category or by location. With third-party integrations – like Foursquare – many of the destinations you navigate to will have reviews displayed on screen. It even lets you program in your own points of interest, like your house. You can add multiple stops to your commute, and the device automatically sorts them according to the order they’ll appear in.
The GPS system comes in a black plastic chassis and features a 5-inch touchscreen display. The display has a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels, which is less than the best navigation GPS we reviewed. However, you won’t be using this display to watch movies or play games, so this resolution is more than adequate.
The touchscreen uses capacitive technology, which is the same touchscreen technology used in smartphones. This means that the nuvi 2589LMT is considerably more responsive than its counterparts that use the old resistive touchscreens.
If you need to add more maps to the nuvi 2589LMT, you do so through a micro-SD card slot. This expands the memory of the device and allows it to hold more maps simultaneously. The device’s screen works in both vertical and horizontal orientation, letting you choose whichever you prefer.
The device gets power from your cigarette lighter port, but it also has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that powers the device for two hours when it’s unplugged. This allows you to use your car’s power port to charge something else if needed.
The nuvi 2589 ships with a one-year warranty, which is standard for the industry. Garmin also offers email and phone customer support. For the quickest customer care, we recommend calling support.
The Garmin nuvi 2589LMT is loaded with all the features you’ll need in a navigation GPS. It gives you all of the essential features, along with a capacitive touchscreen and voice-activated navigation. Its many navigational capabilities and ease of use make it one of the best car GPS devices on the market.